A zip code represents more than where a person lives. For some, these five digits can dictate longevity, access to quality health care, schools and food, as well as neighborhood safety. In many instances, a zip code is more important than a person’s genetic code when it comes to predicting overall health and quality of life.
“In many instances, a zip code is more important than one’s own genetic code when it comes to predicting overall health and quality of life,” said David Bangsberg, M.D., M.P.H., founding dean of the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. “Certain areas across our state and the nation afford different lifestyles, opportunities and support. We must learn to positively impact intergenerational cycles of health, poverty and well-being across all communities and backgrounds. This is why public health matters.”
“Your Health: Zipcode or genetic code?” will take place Thursday, March 16, at 5:30 p.m. at the Lucky Lab, 1945 N.W. Quimby Street in Portland. The event is free and people of all ages are welcome.
Hosted by the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, and sponsored by Cambia Health, this forum -- the third installment of Public Health Portland Style -- will discuss developmental origins of health and disease, race and class, and the epigenetics of social and public health. Featured speakers will include:
- Larry Wallack, Dr.P.H., professor, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health
- Liana Winett, Dr.P.H., M.C.H.E.S, associate professor, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health
- Rachael Banks, director of equity, planning and strategy, Multnomah County Health Department
Public Health Portland Style is a monthly series, hosted by the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, designed to open dialogue about key issues that affect residents of Oregon and Southwest Washington.
The presentations will feature timely topics about public health issues such as health care reform, homelessness and gun violence.
Public Health Portland Style takes place the third Thursday of each month. The event is free and open to the public; minors are invited to attend.
Additional details available here.